Inductive Learning of Grammatical Meaning through Authentic Communicative Context

Monday 8 May | Tuesday 9 May | Wednesday 10 May | Thursday 11 May | Friday 12 May

Thursday 11 May

TRACK 1:
LANGUAGE AWARENESS
W O R K S H O P
Inductive Learning of Grammatical Meaning through Authentic Communicative Context“,
Ms. Linda Wright, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany
Place: Room D505
Time: 15.00 – 16.30
Description: Throughout my workshop, “inductive” means a learning process in which examples of language use are first recognized and then parsed for meaning and for forms and rules; “meaning” includes the consequences (subconsciously) triggered in the native speakers mind; and context is seen as generated by, for example, task-based learning strategies. The substance of the workshop, where participants will be involved in a series of intermediate English lesson segments, is the demonstration of some of my successes using this approach in my last 12 years of EAP teaching at universities in the United States and Germany.  These successes include teaching the present progressive versus the simple present as well as the simple past versus the present perfect through the way these aspect differences would be interpreted in a job interview conducted by a native speaker of English. I welcome feedback about these segments and the establishment of a dialogue via Linda.Wright@w.hs-fulda.de.